April 8, 2013

Earthship Workshop + Seed Experiment


At the d.collective space in Berlin-Neukölln, Johannes presented his personal experiences as a student at Earthship Biotecture Academy in Taos, New Mexico, USA. Johannes explained the basic principles of Earthships and building radically sustainable homes with recycled materials. In the second part of the event the participants were invited to plant a seed and to start a community seed library. The seeds were given to us by a friend and were grown and harvested inside an earthship in Taos. The idea of the seed library is to share seeds, knowledge and stories a bout growing an independent (urban) farming community.bucket jojo letus seeds talk-jo talk-jo2 windowfarm

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March 9, 2013

Priceless moments at Earthship Biotecture Academy


Who doesn’t have the dream of building a home – a house that provides you with shelter, access to water and sanitation, a home where you can cook for your family and friends with food from your garden? Michael Reynolds has created not only one of the most radical building methods for this planet, but maybe also the most revolutionary training programs today.

Our time at Earthship Academy was priceless – there is nothing like the feeling of manifesting something good and learning something for life.

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After a long day at the building site you sit back and look at what you have created with your own hands. The wall that wasn’t there in the morning, the windowframe you put together or the domestructure which you had to lift up with 10 other people to finish construction of a roof.
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Your buddies are smiling, too. Their hands are as brusised as your own from hauling buckets filled with dirt and pounding tires all day long. You feel like comrades, you feel accomplishment.
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Sitting in the classroom you begin to wonder why you had never learned about aquaponics systems or solar-thermal heating in highschool.
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The next generation will have to. Why not go on a fieldtrip to Taos?
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All of a sudden the laws of physics begin to make sense, when you have just installed a solar-power system on the roof of your school building.
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After you learned the principles in class you go into the field and apply your knowledge.
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You appreciate your salads for lunch more when your last class was about heirloom seeds, cross-polination of tomatoe plants in indoor-gardens and mushroom production on logs and you are eating the plants from your own garden.
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At night you reflect what you have learned and you share your experiences. After five minutes into the dinner the jokes make you want to leave the table. But you stay, and risk to piss your pants.
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The Mesa, the mountains, the forests and the rio grande become your home.
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Your sensitivity changes. Wind, heat, cold, oxygen, water. You follow the path of the sun and the stars.
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You enter the pyramid.
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September 7, 2012

Our journey through the land of Enchantment


We made it. After a long, adventurous journey starting in Berlin our crew met up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and we couldn’t be more ecstatic to have finally arrived.

Our friends Talia and Kolby let us pitch our tent in the back yard amongst the chard, cherry tomatoes, chilies and chickens for a cozy first few days in the desert. Talia and Kolby were couch-surfers with us when they were backpacking Europe a few years ago… It’s spectacular to see familiar faces in such an unfamiliar place and to get a real good dose of hospitality in the quite inhospitable desert climate.

From Albuquerque we took a rail runner train to the old city of Santa Fe where we were greeted by pueblo-style adobe buildings, an old south-western rail yard, and a friendly, local farmer’s market.

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After a few half hearted attempts to load ourselves, our two bikes and our six backpacks into a shuttle bus north, we decided to hitch a ride. We threw out the thumbs and fashioned ourselves a sign which read ”TAOS”. In spite of the fact that the three of us had about 70 miles to go, we made it to town before sundown and even stopped along the way for a much needed dip in the Rio Grande. The last 15 miles of our trip were with an ultra friendly, Taos-born, uncle and nephew duo who were by no means in a hurry. First, they showed us their elk hunting trophies, which spanned two generations. Then we meandered up the mountain to a bar called Don Carlos, where the feminine Let Us Be Human crew members were perhaps the first girls to show up there in about 20 plus years. Needless to say they treated us well, gave us a few roundson the house and were darn good company while watching the sunset over the Mesa of Taos…

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As destiny would have it, our first night in town was spent only a few miles away from the Earthship Community. We camped outside our friend Susan’s old bus turned temporary home, while she builds her own earth bag house. .Exhausted and happy to finally be here we fell asleep under the amazing, awe inspiring, star filled sky of northern New Mexico.
Having arrived in the night, we were thrilled to wake up pretty much in the middle of nowhere and to an incredible sunrise over the mountains which surrounded us in every direction. As if that wasn’t enough, we were also greeted by a double rainbow over our heads and dusty golden clouds suspended in the morning sky.

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What more signs could we ask for to know that we made the right decision to take this journey and to come out here all the way from Berlin.
Today was our first day at the Earthship Academy… We can’t wait to share our experiences with you…

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August 28, 2012

Citizen of the World


Being a citizen isn’t about your birth certificate or whether you have the right papers – it’s acting on our responsibility to stand up for the planet and other people. It’s about how you engage with society you live in. Author and educator Eric Liu says:

In simple terms, its really about how you show up for life, how you show up for community, how you live in the way thats not just about you. i think thats the broodiest conception of citizenship.

We, behind the Let Us Be Human Project, are ready to take this responsibility and are eager to share our experiences and knowledge with you through a documentary made by us, as an educational and inspirational tool. Through hands on experience we will learn sustainable building processes and the philosophy of what it is going to take to stop the destruction of our planet and improve the course of humanity.

Fall is fast approaching, and this will be the time which we will do most of our filming. We arrive in Albuquerque, New Mexico (at the moment, very hot and hummed) in a few short days. From there we will make our way to Taos and camp out the night before arriving at the Earthship Biotecture World Headquarters and Community. Taos is high in altitude, next to Sangre de Cristo Mountains and is known for it’s history and landscape.

We are very excited and thankful for your support so far, and we will keep you updated throughout our journey!
Please contact us if you have any questions.

July 23, 2012

Hydroponic Windowfarm finds a Temporary Home in Kassel


When you ask someone what is going on in Kassel, Germany, at the moment most people will tell you about the famous exhibition, dOKUMENTA. That is certainly true, but we discorvered another project that makes this town a cultural-creative hotspot this summer. At the Temporary Home our friends from Moviemiento e.V. have set up camp in an abandoned office building to explore how our situation of crisis affects the notion of ‘home’ in its broader sense. In this urban setting, during the six week project run, temporary home literally manifests as a real home for a collective of international creatives who will live and work together in a joint investigation, a ‘lived-in installation’.

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Our team travelled to Kassel to discover the potential of a vibrant community that displays a new sense of urban living with a distinct appreciation of performing arts in a comfortable home. We loved the hospitality, the inspiring dialogues with the inhabitants and the other guests and the interest in our workshop and installation of a hydroponic windowfarm. With this workshop we were able to connect our experiences in urban farming with a global community through the Sealand Multiversity of the Seven Seas. Thank you Joy, Claudia and Tim for your support!

June 25, 2012

D.I.Y. Video Workshop: asap i-land


Hello Friends,

We have just completed our very first video workshop and we’re ready to share it with you! For the 48 Stunden Neukölln Festival in Berlin, Germany we participated in a workshop with Joy Lohmann from SeaLand Multiversity. We learned to build floating aquaponic gardening islands from recycled materials. Joy gave us step by step construction guidance and tips to remember when beginning to build this yourself. Here is a guide including a list of what you will need. Have fun building your own island!

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May 21, 2012

EduACTION! Vision Summit 2012


The Vision Summit is Germany’s leading convention for Social Innovation, Social Impact Business and Entrepreneurship. Under this year’s motto EduACTION the Genisis Institute once again provided the platform for over 1200 people to assemble at the Vision Campus in Potsdam. The Vision Summit is a market place of ideas, the perfect environment to share your vision and to find inspiration from others. The three-day program was almost overfull with input sessions, interactive workshops and presentations of progressive educational programs and best practices. The stimulating atmosphere called for engaging conversations with other change-makers and social entrepreneurs from all different backgrounds.

The social-business movement in Germany seems to pick up pace and supporters and enthusiast of all industries understand the potential of social innovation and are taking action. The growing number of individuals, grassroot-entrepreneurs, educational institutions and businesses on a corporate level as well as small and large media channels are forming a strong network for positive change in our society. The summit is the platform to meet, share, foster and grow!

Here are the links to some of our favorite initiatives:

Youth Leader Magazine 

Open-Source Solar LED Lamps

School of Design Thinking

May 6, 2012

D.I.Y. Earthday Weekend at Open Design City, Berlin


D.I.Y. workshop-weekend at Berlin’s maker-space ‘open design city at Betahaus‘ April 21.-22.2012

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On earthday-weekend 2012 (22.-23.04.) the design thinking community deople network e.V. set up an open d.i.y. camp in the backyard of Betahaus.

Inspired by the designs and open-source idea of Britta Riley, founder of windowfarms.org, one of the deople network members shared his insights and experiences from his home-experiments with windowfarming. The participants were able to build their own hydro-ponic farming systems, made of PET bottles, tubes and a small electric air pump. With the right water solution in the  system and a bit of caretaking 20 people will be able to grow their own food in their windows -at home, in the office or at the cafe. Plants are available from the next-door urban garden, Prinzessinnengärten.

With the support and funding of the Foundation Anstiftung&Ertomis, namely Tom Hansing and Christophe Vaillant, founders of werkstatt- lastenfahrrad, and a crowd of bike spinners, experienced welders and enthusiastic helpers, we put together three steel frames for community-owned cargo bikes. With the vision of providing post-fossil alternatives of mobility and transportation in local communities, these 2-wheelers will be riding around Berlin to deliver cargo or to transport a moving tool station for on-site prototyping in the neighbourhood…

Thank you all for the support, motivation and hard work!

Please connect if you are interested in building your own windowfarm or if you would like to use one of the cargobikes for your own project in Berlin.

March 22, 2012

Another Big Step Made…


We have all made the first payments towards our tuition fee for the Earthship Biotecture Academy to confirm our participation in the fall program… $1,200 paid! This is a big commitment for us, for which we are extremely excited and ready! For us to make it happen and make a difference, we still really need your support and guidance… so we canshare this incredible knowledge with you and the world. 😀

Donations are greatly appreciated…

March 20, 2012

Water Experience Station at Tempelhof Airport- die Globale & Xylem Watermark


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An Interesting  co-work recently happened in Berlin, at the Tempelhof airfield, the old ‘Luftbruecke’, where now various community projects take place. When we found out about the project, our team members Laura and Johannes had to go down there to see, what was once again happening in the backyard of Berlin.

We were surprised of how the event turned out, when a bus full of engineers and water experts arrived and were greeted by Karin and Marco, who had all the plans, material and tools ready for building a water experience station for the local community.

UPJ is a German national network of engaged businesses and local non-profit intermediary organizations, which connects businesses and society, contributing to solve social challenges and to shape sustainable communities. UPJ brought together Die Globale e.V.  and Xylem Watermark Inc. Together they equipped the Tempelhofer community and garden with a water way system which will be further developed and used as an outdoor learning environment for local children.

Die Globale e.V. is a Berlin-based non-profit organisation which focuses on practical education models for kids and their parents, to gain knowledge in nature through experiments and learning by doing.

They provided building materials, tools and a filled water tank from which the children can pump up water  down through carved wooden pipes to a small water-wheel, which was assembled on site. This provides a space for young students and kindergartners to learn about the movement of water, gravity, basic physics, as well as satisfying curiosity with thier own hands and imaginations. The project was left open-ended for the kids to decide for themselves how it will develop.

Engineers and chairmen of  Xylem Watermark Inc. were here in Berlin for a 2 day global conference.  Some of the time they spent here, was focused on direct work for the comunity, something Xylem tries to accomplish at every conference they attend.

It was great spontaneous teamwork and fun. Everybody enjoyed spending half a day building something together, putting their hands to work and having a good time for a good cause.

Also local kids were involved by providing necessary sand piles and learning from the experts, eventually they will have to finish the job themselves. Other volunteers were helping out with the construction or reporting about the project.

We appreciate that we were able to become part of this learning opportunity by helping out during the workshop, putting our hands to work and to cover the experience for our followers.

Die Globale Web http://dieglobale.org/index.php/87-kontakt

Xylem Watermark Web  http://xylemwatermark.com/

UPJ Web  http://www.upj.de/

Special thanks to Yehuda Swed for photo material  http://www.yudaswed.com/

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